>> jeff: tonight with six weeks to election day, mitt romney is being urged by some republicans to sharpen his message. nancy cordist follows this debate inside the gop. californians reconsider the death penalty. john blackstone tells us the debate pits emotion against economics. >> justice at last. he was getting what he deserved. >> california spent over $4 billion. it makes no sense economically. >> jeff: deportations delayed. two brothers from mexico now will have to stay in the u.s. under i new federal program. >> we're to the asked to be given the best opportunities. we're just asking for a chance. >> jeff: and conair, allen pizzey with the story of the italian who tried to play pilot captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news." >> jeff: good evening, everyone, i'm jeff glor. 9 chair of the republican party admitted today that it is not the best week for the gop presidential ticket. the polls seem to reflect that. with 44 days left in the race governor romney trails by a few points or more in nearly every battleground state. nancy cordist picks up the story.